Fernie Mural Project Winner Announced

The Fernie & District Arts Council are delighted to share with you the selected artist for the Fernie Mural Project; Michael Hepher with his piece, "All Kinds of Beauty".

We are very excited to have this piece added to the Fernie community and public art inventory with thanks to Columbia Basin Trust for awarding funding for the project. We received 6 very strong applications and the jury had a tough but exciting time selecting the final piece.

The Fernie Arts Council are not only excited about the selected artwork but also the process for this project, which we hope will be a framework for the future. This began early on in the project by meeting with community groups, hosting round tables, and surveying the community to provide applicants with information to create a piece Fernie can be proud of.

The Jury did an excellent and very thorough job of reviewing the applications based on the criteria, ensuring the best decision was made. The Jury was made up of the following people:

Vanessa Croome- Vice President of FDAC, owner/operator of Claris Media and Visual Artist.

Ron Ulrich- Executive Director of the Fernie Historical Society and curator of the Fernie Museum.

Theresa Malan- local resident with 7 years’ experience working for commercial galleries and on public art projects in Banff.

Erica Hornquist- Architect graduate and owner/operator of Wild Wolves Design.

Mel MacVoy- Visual Artist with a degree in Fine art.

Along with the voting members we had building owner representation from Mary Heavey and City liaison Marta Proctor, Community Services Director.